So on our next post in our trip down memory lane, we get into our next four PVs and it suits the title of the post. Along with “Morning Musume no Hyokkori Hyoutanjima”, these A-sides never made it on an actual studio album and was placed on a best album, “Best! Morning Musume 2 instead. Why? There’s no real reason why, but there was a lot of changes in the group line-up just through these four videos! So let’s get to it! BTW, I will not be ranking these videos anymore, just a warning 😄
AS FOR ONE DAY
The Song: AS FOR ONE DAY was a song Morning Musume needed to pull the group out of that kiddy-like atmosphere they were pulling off with the last couple of PVs so this was a refreshing song indeed. However, this was also a graduation single for 2nd Generation member, Kei Yasuda. Plus this was also around the time the 6th Generation was announced but didn’t get involved with the single.
What Genre is it?: It’s poppy, but it has some slight Indian vibes to it, but doesn’t strike as hard as “Koi no Dance Site” or “Happy Summer Wedding”.
The Premise: Like I’ve said before, there is less of a premise through most of the PVs nowadays, but a little bit of an allusion to one. AS FOR ONE DAY’s slight premise has the girls standing in the rain alone (in which the lyrics depict that they’re waiting for a guy but he never shows up). Not too much but at least it doesn’t leave you alone xD
The Setting: This is probably the group’s most elaborate set and one of the prettiest as well. Ok, some of the shots are done on a set where it’s raining and the girls are all under umbrellas (except Ai-chan because she has Makoto xD). The other set though is so beautiful with the water theme and the bubble ceiling and the green-screened fish floating around. Definitely something that impressed me especially after that their last PV.
The Outfits: They only had two different outfits. The first one we don’t pay much attention to because it’s just the casual clothing found during the rain/umbrellas shot. The other one is the main outfit for the dance scenes and it looks like a mesh of a poncho, a dress, and trying to look like Koi. It’s a bit odd, but with the dancing going on, it kind of works.
The Choreography: This time around they also toned the dancing down do be a little more smooth and flowing and it works. It’s really a cool dance, but it wasn’t shown as well as it could because of the multiple close-up shots and scenes in the rain that was filtered in (honestly, I would’ve loved a dance-shot version of the PV).
PV as a whole: I have to say that for this being Kei-chan’s final single, this showed a LOT of Kei in the PV and I’m happy about that because it never really seemed she was a HUGE member for the A-sides (she however took a lot of B-sides and album tracks). AS FOR ONE DAY though is just a beautiful PV with so much to look at enjoy, plus the song was really cool as well! I feel as if this had a lot of subtle meaning to it and I liked that the most!
The Song: After Kei left, we had introduced the new 6th Generation members, Reina Tanaka, Sayumi Michishige, and Eri Kamei (with the extra inclusion of Miki Fujimoto who was already a H!P member as well). Of course the new three members joined after singing “Akai Freesia” so much that I was expecting something light, but Shabondama is a total turnaround for the group. Adding in rolling r’s, a much angrier tone of singing and just throwing badass all-around, Shabondama is a favorite to many fans for being so unbuckled and rageworthy. I LOVED IT!
What Genre is it?: It’s definitely focused on more of the rockin’ sound, but has a lot of brass involved as well.
The Premise: There really isn’t any premise to be had besides watching the girls flip out and release their stress out like they did xD
The Setting: Well there were three specific shots of the song. One is the choreography which was set in a dark room and there was water as well. Pretty basic but it fits the angst they’re throwing. Another is the close up shots in front of the red drapes and that’s basic too. The other is the group shots where they’re standing or sitting. It’s really cool that in the beginning they showed the group off with the 6th Generation first and going down the line (with the exception at the end putting Mari with Kaori and Nacchi). That was a cool thing they did!
The Outfits: To me these outfits look slightly like the later “Brainstorming” outfits but this came before xD. There’s two sets. For the “dancing” scenes, they’re in once again casual outfits, but everywhere else the ladies are split into this latex outfits of red, blue, and black coloring and it was a random choice of who wore what.
The Choreography: To me it feels like the there wasn’t so much direct choreography and instead was more like chaotic fierceness! I mean the shots of the girls wailing around is syncopated and all and there is some choreo (especially in the lives) but for the video it was like dramatic poses and powerful movement.
PV as a whole: Shabondama as a whole is amazing to experience. I mean this song was just full of life and different things that were going on. I mean musically, the song is just hardcore and features things Tsunku has never tried before lol. The PV is pretty simple but some of the facial expressions the ladies were given off and the pure energy was very cool! I definitely will say Shabondama is my favorite MM A-side, but the PV is cool too and very befitting too lol.
Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~
The Song: Go Girl ~Koi no Victory~ might be the only song between the four for not having any line-up changes, BUT it did bring something new to the table. No one has a solo in this song, but is split into four groups of ladies. Plus it has a slight soccer theme to it but that’s something else hahaha.
What Genre is it?: Well it’s definitely a pop song, but kind of like a cheer squad kind of song too!
The Premise: There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of premise here, but there’s a soccer theme going on and there’s many scenes of shots of the girls smiling and then being embarrassed by SOMETHING…w/e that is I have no clue about.
The Setting: Most of the song takes place in this small village (which kind of just looks like a set from Hello! Morning and all that…you know cheap stuffs). There’s also some close up shots of the girls in their group which is cool but not sure of what the set behind em is supposed to be. The other shot and really weird is the green screen of the girls in the soccer uniforms (trying to be frozen, but they fail horribly) XD.
The Outfits: So like I said above, the girls are split into 4 teams due to the lyrics of course so the groups are dressed up mostly in grey outfits, but the four teams have accessories according to the team they’re on so like Kame, Marippe, and Rika-chan have white, Ai-chan, Nono, Konkon, and Sayu with yellow, Nacchi, Aibon, Makoto, and Reina have blue, and finally Kaori, Yossie, Mikitty, and Gaki have red itens. You really don’t pay attention to em since you see their faces a lot more than what they wear but y’know. The other outfit they wore was their orange soccer uniforms and they all wear them. Basic stuff.
The Choreography: It was kind of like slow parapara dancing here which is different, but so simple and controlled compared to “Shabondama”. They did some cat-like moves too and some punching/kicking. Nothing too extravagant.
PV as a whole: After all that power from the last single, Go Girl was a nice calm and for what the song was, it was nice to see something a bit more happier and bright. I did find the solo scenes with the girls saying “suki” and get embarrassed was a little strange, but the song was fun and the video was cute too.
Ai Araba IT’S ALL RIGHT
The Song: The final song on this post, Ai Araba IT’S ALL RIGHT is well-known because it’s the final A-side for Nacchi! Also this song has a feel that’s suited for the occasion.
What Genre is it?: It’s a bit slower than “Go Girl” but it’s still pretty poppy and bouncy.
The Premise: I wish I knew what the premise of this was because I really don’t see one besides the ladies just hanging out together…know what I mean?
The Setting: I can’t fully explain it but damn it was cheaper than their last PV. They start by coming out of a box 1 by 1 and then it turns into the dance shot of the PV where the dance in front of a set depicting an Armageddon with a sunset background xD. There’s also a TINY house but inside, it’s a wide open white space with the girls chilling on couches or on the floor being cutesy. Kind of bland if you asked me
The Outfits: Once again, there’s casual outfits involved (but it’s only found during the “hanging out” scenes). The other major outfit is used for the dancing scenes and it’s school outfits split in between baby blue and pink. Like I said simple stuff xD
The Choreography: Luckily the PV did focus a whole lot on the dance and well the dance is OK, a bit weird in places and some of the moves are a tad strange at angles, but they kept it bouncy and kind of cute in a way. Though most of the time near the end, they’re waving their hands back an forth.
PV as a whole: I’m not going to lie, but I was never a fan of the song or PV but many fans love it. I think my problem with the song is that it’s a little too cheesy and pretty weak of a song…strangely enough. Ai Araba does have a nice dance routine throughout. About the PV, it was a little strange and the set was VERY cheap…so much WHIIIIITE….
NEXT TIME….HOW TO SPLIT MOMOSU…